In part 3 of this watchlist series, I am looking at the players I consider to be a bargain at their respective price points. It is expected that these players will outperform their initial FPL pricing and prove to be invaluable fantasy assets this season. In this article, I am going to explain why they’ve made my list and what I’ll be monitoring this pre-season.
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Right, on to the fun stuff – my bargain basement watchlist…
Daniel Bachmann – 4.5m – Watford
Simply put, Watford is a defensive-minded team. If they have any chance of staying in the league this season, they will need clean sheets. Although I’d argue Sanchez being the better pick at this price, opinions change fast in this game so he’s someone worth monitoring.
Wesley Fofana – 4.5m – Leiceser City
If Rodgers favours 5 at the back again then Fofana could be an absolute bargain no-brainer. But with the potential need to rotate for the Europa League, and the uncertainty of formation now that Barnes is back, I could just as easily see him taking up a spot on Thursdays & being Premier League back up. Leicesters lineup in the Community Shield should help answer these worries.
Ben White – 4.5 – Arsenal
With his recent big-money move to Arsenal, this price point is looking extremely appealing. I have my reservations about Arsenal’s defensive consistency over the course of a season, but for every defensive shocker last season, there was a clean sheet. So I’ll be monitoring their style of play in pre-season to see if they’ve tightened up at the back. If they have, he could be a shrewd fantasy asset.
Luke Ayling – 4.5m – Leeds
Last season, he didn’t contribute one attacking FPL point, but it wasn’t from the lack of trying. Leeds started to be a little more defensive-minded towards the tail end of the season, which cost them on the attacking end. But whichever way they decide to go this season, he could be a real bargain. I’d maybe wait until after the first 4 fixtures to get him in, as Leeds tends to be more gung-ho against the top teams, but I’ll be monitoring him closely.
Emile Smith-Rowe – 5.5m – Arsenal
Last season, Arsenal won 12 out of the 18 games that Smith-Rowe started, that’s a 66.67% win ratio. They only won 44.4% of the games without him. And of the 18 games he started, 13 of them were at the No10 position, scoring twice and assisting 4 times. That’s an attacking return almost every other game. So when the news broke that he’s been handed the no.10 jersey at Arsenal, I got a little bit excited, as it has bolstered my belief that he will feature a lot this season. Granted, all the above is based on a small sample size. But at 5.5m, he’s worthy of a starting spot in your fantasy team.
Jack Harrison – 6.0m – Leeds United
With the spotlight seemingly on Raphinha, Harrison has the potential to yet again become a differential this season. If he manages to repeat last season’s output of 160 points, 6.0m will seem like a bargain.
Ferran Torres – 7.0m – Machester City
You read that correctly. 7.0m for a Man City attacker. With Sterling likely to miss at least game week 1 due to the Euros, and with only 1 striker currently at the club, Torres has a real opportunity to kick off the season strongly. I know you might be screaming at the screen right now about how 7.0m is not bargain-basement material. But in one of the most elite attacking teams we’ve ever seen, 7.0 could be beyond a bargain. In pre-season, I’ll keep a close eye on whether he plays more of a winger or a number 9, and how many minutes.
Ivan Toney – 6.5m – Brentford
Somewhat of an unknown quantity, unless you played gaffa last season. But one thing for certain is if Brentford scores, Ivan Toney is likely to be involved. He scored 31 goals and got 10 assists in 45 championship games last season. So it’s just whether or not Brentford’s style of play translates to the Premier League. If it does, he could be the Bamford/Watkins of last season. But if not, the 34.4% of managers that currently own him could be scrambling to replace him. With most of the potent strikers priced around 7.5 – 8m, he could prove to be a real bargain. Especially with 5 promising opening fixtures in Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Brighton, and Wolves.
The final part of this series has dropped, check out my list of risky FPL players for you to consider this season.